About Kent State of Wellness
In line with Kent State University’s vision to make the health of its community members a priority, the university’s healthy campus initiative, Kent State of Wellness, will foster a culture of health and wellness for students and employees at all Kent State campuses.
Kent State of Wellness is one of Kent State's University-level Initiatives in the Strategic Roadmap. Strategies are being identified to improve the health of Kent State community members in the eight priority areas that include recommended changes to university policies, the environment and encouragement for individual behavior change. These strategies are grounded in the American College Health Association's Healthy Campus 2020 framework. Kent State took the American College Health Association's Healthy Campus Pledge, declaring our commitment to promote and support a healthier campus community. To date, we are the only Ohio institution to take this pledge.
Kent State of Wellness is led by co-chairs Angela DeJulius, M.D., director of Kent State’s Healthy Campus Initiative; Gretchen Julian, director of Recreational Services and interim director of the Kent Student Center; and Kim Hauge, manager for University Wellness and Healthy Campus Promotions. It is being developed collaboratively by a broad coalition of Kent State community members – faculty, staff and students, under the leadership of the vice presidents for student affairs and human resources.
The university hosted a Healthy Campus Summit on the Kent Campus to update and share goals of the initiative with stakeholders. The keynote speaker at the event was Allison Smith, chair of the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus Coalition and manager of Public Health Initiatives and Assessment at New York University, which has an award-winning Healthy Campus program, LiveWell NYU. Smith shared her experience and insights at the summit.
Some components of the healthy campus initiative already are being implemented, such as the university’s wellness programs for employees; implementation of the smoke-free, tobacco-free policy; and the minigrant program.